Tuesday, 24 June 2014

House Martins & Black-Tailed Skimmer.

The Farm Managers house at Friars Farm not far from Dix Pit is as usual home to some forty breeding pairs of House Martin. A trip out there Tuesday 24th to look at a couple of nests that the Manager had noticed had been taken over and used to rear broods of Tree Sparrows was the focus of my interest, and indeed two of the nests had enlarged entry holes although the Tree Sparrow chicks had flown . Tree Sparrow interest was noted with birds settling on the nearby guttering .
Later at Shellingford Quarry A swimming Grass Snake along with many Four-Spotted Chaser Dragonflies and assorted Damselflies were flying but the best of the Dragonflies was the Black-Tailed Skimmer that settled on a large flat stone and gave me a chance to get a few photos unlike many of the other Dragonflies that were perpetual motion as they patrolled their patch.
The Oxon Feather.
 Cute House Martin Chick.
 Grub Up !
 Tree Sparrow taking a different view of things.
 Close-up of the Black-Tailed Skimmer.

 One to look up in the Moth book - but is it a micro or macro ?

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